Research shows that the earlier adolescents start drinking, the more chances there are they will have problems with binge drinking and future health and alcohol addiction problems later in life. In Australia, the provision of alcohol to teenagers has now become a cultural problem. Early adolescence is a window of sensitivity where the massive over-production of dendrites means they can learn things fast, and learning to become addicted is definitely one of those things.

I believe that there is a lot we can do to support our young people in making good choices around drugs and alcohol. For help, support and fantastic information about alcohol and other drugs, please visit